The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) reaffirmed its stand against all forms of violence against women and children as it recently convened with high ranking officials of the Indonesian government. The Indonesian delegation was led by HE Yohana Susana Yembise, Minister of Women Empowerment.
Yembise was joined by representatives from Indonesia’s Bureau of Planning and Child Protection sector. The dialogue stemmed from the intention to share effective policies and to enhance the bilateral and multilateral cooperation of both countries, specifically in combatting trafficking in persons.
Justice Undersecretary Jose F. Justiniano, who was recently assigned as Undersecretary-in-Charge of IACAT, welcomed the delegates, gave an overview of the current conditions in the Philippines and the discussed the mandate of the government to give protection to the victims and crackdown human trafficking syndicates.
IACAT Executive Director Darlene Pajarito presented the current actions taken by the government in dealing with human trafficking and other forms of abuse against women and children. Pajarito stated that the objective of the meeting was to share the established practices and results from the country’s efforts in combatting human trafficking and dealing with the problem of abuse.
The official visit is a part of the itinerary of the Indonesian contingent to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Public-Private Dialogue on Women and Economy (PPDWE) dated September 16-18, 2015 in Manila.
“Initiatives like these mirrors the enthusiasm and keenness of each Southeast Asian partner to impart knowledge and understand what works… and what could be applied in their respective jurisdiction,” Pajarito said.
Justiniano and Pajarito were joined by Justice Assistant Secretary Geronimo Sy, Head of the Office of Cybercrime; Atty. Floro Balato Jr., Head of Port Operations Division of the Bureau of Immigration; and Mary Grace Blando, of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and representatives of other member agencies of IACAT.
For its part, the Indonesian delegation said that the intention of the visit was to “find the best solutions to the most pressing women development and empowerment challenges… and to share and learn from the implementation of the inter-governmental task force top combat and prevent trafficking in persons.”
“This initiative between the two countries shows both governments’ commitment to take all the necessary measures to protect its people from the evils of human trafficking,” Pajarito said.